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The largest town in the Oriente, Puyo is on a tributary of the Pastaza river and is the jumping off point for this part of the Amazon.

Once at your chosen lodge you will explore on foot and by boat in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, and learn about the rainforest. In addition to birds and mammals and a profusion of flowers, many medicinal plants are to be found in the forest, and on jungle hikes native guides will show you how to identify these and explain, or demonstrate, their various uses.

Puyo is around five hours drive from Quito, or two hours from the town of Baños. It is served by scheduled flights to Shell/Mera airport, a 30-minute drive away. Most lodges are accessed by a 30-40 minute flight by chartered light aircraft from here.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: harpy eagle, pink river dolphin, osprey, three-toed sloth, coati
  • Where: Pastaza province, Ecuador

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Ecuadorian Odyssey

Take a journey through Ecuador’s varied topography to see the best of the country’s wildlife. Immerse yourself in the cloud forests of Mindo and follow hiking trails to see colourful tanagers and hummingbirds, before spending a few days in the Amazon jungle, home to an astonishing repertoire of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Amazon & the Galapagos

Take a look at the fantastic wildlife of Ecuador with three days in the Amazon jungle in a private reserve, taking guided boat trips and enjoying bird’s eye views from the canopy walkway. A week’s cruise around the Galapagos Islands tops off the trip with close bird and marine life encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea